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Delhiites gear up to ride their own ‘London Eye’

To experience the iconic London Eye in United Kingdom, Kalindi Kunj will be the farthest you will have to go

delhi Updated: Sep 23, 2010 01:00 IST
Kapil Datta
Kapil Datta
Hindustan Times

To experience the iconic London Eye in United Kingdom, Kalindi Kunj will be the farthest you will have to go. 'Delhi Eye', a mechanised giant wheel, has been set up at an amusement park along the Yamuna. Built at the Delhi-Noida border near Kalindi Kunj Bridge, it is ready for a September 27 inauguration.

On Wednesday, the park was being given finishing touches. Trial runs for the giant wheel were under way. “Delhi Eye is India's highest giant wheel. Installed 5 metres above the ground, it has a diameter of 50 metre. Viewer cabins will reach up to 200 feet.

Even Connaught Place, Nehru Place, Lotus Temple and other parts of city will be visible. It will also give a glimpse of Noida,” said Tahir Rana, Director, Delhi Ride. "The ride will be our USP as viewers have never seen more than half of Delhi before," Rana added.

"The park will be inaugurated on September 27 by famous film actor Sharukh Khan. We have managed to complete it before Commonwealth Games. It will attract CWG visitors too," Rana said. Beautiful slides and other setups attract ones attention on the left of the giant wheel. "The water park has 12 different levels of strategically-planned slides to ensure splashes of enjoyment," Rana said.

A Kids Zone near the food court will be a treat for children. “A 24-seater, 360-degree Ranger is expected to attract youth,” Rana added. A unique gate, adorned with beautiful lights, will attract visitors using the main road from Sarita Vihar to Noida. The park is spread across around 3.6 hectares.

The UP Irrigation Department has given the land on a 30-year lease. “We have kept entry and rides fee as low as possible. Entry will cost Rs.100 on weekdays and for weekends it will be Rs.150. For children and senior citizens, entry will cost Rs.80 on all days," Rana detailed. A ride on the ‘Delhi Eye’ will cost R250 per person R300 per person for the water park. Kids Zone fee is kept nominal at just R25 per child for all rides in that zone.

First Published: Sep 23, 2010 00:58 IST